TV Ratings Friday: 'Last Man Standing' & 'Malibu Country' Debut Strong, 'Shark Tank' Rises at 9PM, 'Grimm' Down, 'Fringe' & 'Nikita' Up

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November 3rd, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.0/6 1.4/4 1.4/5 1.0/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.036 9.605 5.253 2.767 1.212

ABC was number one in adults 18-49, while CBS was on top in total viewers.

On ABC, the season premiere of  Last Man Standing garnered a 1.9 up from a 1.7 for its season finale on Tuesday May 8, 2011 but way down from a 3.6 for its series premiere. The series premiere of Malibu Country earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were a little pessimistic. It looks like TGIF is back.  Shark Tank’s move to 9PM was a good one. It scored a series high 2.3  adults 18-49 rating up from last week’s 1.8. 20/20 notched a 1.5 up from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, the  telethon Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together,  which was simulcast on numerous cable channels, earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.  Grimm notched a  1.8 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Dateline NBC earned a 1.1, down from last week's 1.4 rating.

On FOX, Kitchen Nightmares earned a 1.0 up from last week’s 0.9. Fringe scored a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week’s 0.9.

On CBS,  The season premiere of Undercover Boss earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, up from a 1.1 for its spring season finale on May 11, 2012. CSI: NY earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating even with last week’s rating. Blue Bloods scored a 1.3 Adults 18-49 rating down from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, America’s Next Top Model garnered a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. Nikita earned a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's 0.2.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, November 2, 2012:

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Last Man Standing (Season Premiere) 1.9/7 7.84
CBS Undercover Boss 1.5/5 7.95
NBC Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together 1.5/5 6.26
FOX Kitchen Nightmares -(Season Premiere) 1.0/3 2.93
CW America's Next Top Model 0.4/1 1.25
8:30 ABC Malibu Country (Series Premiere) 2.2/7 8.90
9:00 ABC Shark Tank 2.3/7 7.32
NBC Grimm 1.8/5 5.67
CBS CSI: NY 1.5/4 9.96
FOX Fringe 1.0/3 2.70
CW Nikita 0.4/1 1.17
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.5/5 5.42
CBS Blue Bloods 1.3/4 10.91
NBC Dateline 1.1/3 3.83


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  • Brian J


    I’ve read that “Shark Tank” has the most affluent audience on television. Even if it’s not number one, it’s probably high up there. As is the case with “Smash,” networks want that audience.

    Also, “Shark Tank” was on those nights before the season really kicked in, and it can be harder to get an audience that way. Now that it has more of an established audience, it could probably survive a move. And more importantly, a 2.0 a few seasons ago might not have been great, but a 2.0 now would please any network.


    Why ruin Shark Tank’s momentum if its doing so well on Fridays just because its on a Friday night. Its doing great numbers. It moved into a new timeslot and its perfect after Tim/Reba. ABC has a very solid block on this night. Its crazy to thank ABC spent a fortune on all these expensive dramas and a Friday show is beating them all LOL. Shark Tank is the little engine that could. Mark Burnett is behind the show. I really have to give kudos to ABC for believing in the show. They did something TV networks don’t do anymore love and nurture a show and wait till it blossoms. Not to mention Shark Tank is a great riveting show, I am on the edge of my seat watching it. It deserves an emmy. Anyone agree Shark Tank should win the emmy for best reality show?


    With CSI NY I think CBS should renew it for a final 10th season next year. Bill next season as the last season and have the show go out with a bang. CSI Miami was 10 seasons, so why not end this CSI NY with 10 seasons as well. Its been a great show for CBS. The Good Wife IMO would do much better on Friday nights. Honestly I think Vegas would fit much better on Fridays.

  • Cyber Leader

    It defies logic that both Fringe and Nikita have attracted more viewers than last week. Therefore the data must be flawed or incomplete, since the universe we inhabit is a rational one. Moreover, I observe that, although the key demo is indeed up, the overall number of viewers is very similar. No doubt both shows will be adjusted down in due course. On a more positive note, Grimm going down from last week is excellent news!

  • r0ckmypants

    @Bern – You’re right. If Nikita were in the 0.4-0.6 range, it would very likely be renewed. But a 0.4-0.6 is not Nikita’s range. Nikita’s range is 0.2-0.4.

    Also, there seems to be a common misconception here. I don’t think people hate Nikita so much as they hate Nikita fans, just from what I’ve seen in these comments over the years.

  • thesnowleopard


    Pretty much. Nikita is being quietly forgotten on Fridays at 9pm everywhere but on TV by the Numbers. And the only reason it’s not being forgotten here is because of a few extremely obnoxious fans and their sockpuppets. There’s no reason to hate the show itself. Just don’t watch it (and a lot of people seem to have done just that).

    As far as the show getting a 0.4 in the overnights that could easily drop in the finals (and has in the past), that is nothing to celebrate. If the show survives, it definitely won’t be because its high is a 0.4 in the fall. And there is no guarantee it will continue even in the Friday slot. It could be moved to summers, burned off during a holiday period, or even straight-to-Netflix-and-DVD’d. If the network is actually losing money on the deals it must cut for Nikita to air on the CW, then on the CW the show will not air. New episodes may well be produced to win the coveted syndication number, but that doesn’t mean the last episodes of the show itself would be broadcast until it went into syndication.

  • Joe

    terrible for fringe, fans did not deserve a final season

    **** YOU!

  • Kavyn

    I will agree with you guys that many of the Nikita fans are annoying, but I don’t blame them considering the full out war among Nikita, TSC and Ringer fans last year in the Spring. For the most part Nikita fans are back-lashing at the deluded TSC and Ringer fans that continue to fight for the shows that died last year by attacking other bubble shows (not just Nikita, but Nikita is the biggest target).

  • Brian J


    The question is, can “Shark Tank” do better on another night? I think it could. More people are home on Thursdays, and for that reason and others, I think it could do at least a 2.0, if not higher. ABC would be very happy with that on Thursdays at 8:00. This would open up the time slot for more comedies on Fridays.

  • John A

    Its very hard to make a hit show on Friday. And those ABC Comedies could still flop in the next few weeks. They would be fools to move Shark Tank.

  • Bob

    Tim Allen needs to send Reba McIntire some roses!

  • Pavel

    It’s good to know both Malibu Country and Shark Tank did well. I really liked them! :) LMS isn’t really my thing, butit did well too.

  • Just Desserts

    I love Reba. Glad she’s back!

  • Bobby C.

    Grimm and Fringe are my staple shows on Friday!

  • Lucas

    GREAT NIKITA. Friday’s show was perfect, filled with emotion, a one thrilling ride, so people will tune in next week as well!

  • Cody

    TGIF is back

  • Mila

    Yay!!! The best show ;)
    I hope it will be season 4.
    And people, WATCH IT!!!!

  • thesnowleopard


    Not so much. Nikita fans were obnoxious even back in season one. The notorious Bondoel was one of them. It had nothing to do with TSC or Ringer.

  • Allan

    I really like Reba and Lilly in Mailbu

  • Flame

    Can we please keep the election out of the Sitcoms? Well, at least they told both sides of the story.

    And way to keep the annoying daughter around while replacing the nice one.

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